I was never enthusiastic about the referendum on whether to ditch our unfair ‘first-past-the-post’ electoral system for the AV (Alternative Vote) system, which is only slightly fairer. It seemed a very poor deal for the Liberal Democrats (who I voted for in the last General Election) who on this basis went into a coalition with the Tories in which David Cameron dictated all the policies, or so it seems.
I imagine now AV has been overwhelmingly rejected by those who bothered to vote at all the coalition will be very difficult to hold together since rebel Lib Dem MPs have little to lose by voting against the government line on policies which are opposed to Lib Dem ones.
The AV referendum was not only the wrong one with the wrong questions, but it was clearly held on the wrong day. The capital, London, had no local elections on May 5th, therefore very few people bothered to even vote.